Per USF release – The Bulls made an addition and some changes to the coaching staff today. It was announced today that Coach Danny Hope would be joining the football staff as the co-offensive coordinator/offensive line/run game coordinator. It wasn’t the only move that was made today.
Hope, a 30-year coaching veteran, has a long history on the sidelines. He was the Purdue head coach from 2009 to 2012. He also has ties to the area after being an assistant coach at Manatee High school from 1981 to 1984. The Gainesville native will work with the offensive line and will also coordinate the run game. He will have a great weapon with Marlon Mack to work with heading into 2015. He is joined by coach David Reaves who was promoted to co-offensive coordinator and pass game coordinator. He was the assistant coach and quarterbacks coach last year. Both will work together to develop the game plans, but they won’t be calling the plays this year. Coach Taggart will be assuming all of the play calling this year, something he did the first 4 years of being head coach. He split duties last year with coach Paul Wulff, but he is taking over the full duties this time around.
The offense will be real interesting this year. There was the report from Jamie Newberg of 247 Sports that the Bulls might be switching to a spread offense system this year. With Coach Taggart calling all of the plays, it will be interesting to see how much the offense will change this year, if any.
The Bulls are still looking to replace coach Ron Cooper at defensive backs coach, but it appears the offensive staff is set heading into the 2015 season.